Protesters was produced in 2003, during the midst of a hiatus on production of the legendary N.Y. indie scene of "The Instant Messenger Prophecy" project. Protesters came together spontaneously and was put into motion to keep some of the cast and the director Tasciotti active and inspired.
Unfortunately, crime took place on the production (possibly during the shoot with Jesse Kelly and Folake Olowofoyeku). One of the cameras and various equipment were stolen from the movie set. The prime suspect was an acquaintance of Ian Couch, director of photography. The suspect's seedy Brooklyn residence was probed, yet to this day, nothing has been resolved and the footage is still missing.
Protesters was first screened on January (2004) in New York City at the well-known Two Boots Cinema in the East Village. This original cut is widely available as of 2010 in a collector's edition for download.
In 2010, the Protesters movie is being re-released to the public in the form of a deluxe Director's Cut edition. The running time will dramatically increase and new scenes, as well as two previously cut characters, are being integrated.
There's a play-on-words and inside joke for the residents of Poughkeepsie, NY. One of the main characters, played by Edly Chery, is named for the original, historic name of Poughkeepsie. The native, indigenous tribes had pronounced the name of this place as, "Upiqui-upsi-ing", meaning "hut by the reeds of the stream" or something similar. This is why Felice mispronounces her cousin's name as the name of the modern town, where directors Edward D. Wood Jr. and Tasciotti both hail from.